Super Bowl bling: Bemidji hosts Championship Ring Tour at Paul Bunyan Mall
Anyone who isn't able to attend the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis can still take in a little bit of the iconic event's history this week at the Paul Bunyan Mall, where 33 of the 51 Super Bowl rings are on display.
The rings are part of The Championship Ring Tour, which is traveling around the state ahead of the Super Bowl in February. Josetens, a Minneapolis-based company, has been the maker for 33 of the rings throughout the game's history. The company worked with the Super Bowl Host Committee to set up the tour, which included stops at numerous Minnesota cities.
"We knew we wanted to basically tour the state," Jostens Vice President of Marketing Jeff Peterson said about Bemidji being selected as one of the stops for the tour. "We wanted to have a good geographic representation."
The display includes both the first Super Bowl ring from 1967, won by the Green Bay Packers, as well as the most recent 2017 ring, won by the New England Patriots.
Every year, the contract to design the Super Bowl ring is bid out, which is why there are a number of years when Jostens didn't act as the maker.
The rings were put on display in Bemidji on Wednesday. The display will be open Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16 ,from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, from noon to 6 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.